Cycling in Sikkim

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Duration: 14 nights / 15 days
Places Covered : Bagdogra - Gangtok - Phedang - Singhik - Chungthang - Lachung - Yumthang - Chungthang - Lachen - Thangu - Choptag Valley - Kalapather - Chungthang - Rangrang - Kabi - Gangtok - Bagdogra

Cycling in Sikkim
Cycling in Sikkim
Another destination biker would love to explore is the state of Sikkim, which allows the visitor to get in touch with the colourful cultural heritage and monastic lifestyle of the Sikkimese people. One of best adventure products in Sikkim is mountain biking. The rugged and dramatic terrain of Sikkim Himalayas offers sure and exciting biking trails to the adventure lovers. As Most of the roads in Sikkim are negotiable by mountain bikes. The beauty of the countryside, flora and fauna and lifestyle of the Sikkimese people is best experienced on a bike's seat as you meander through lush green hills and dales. Mostly it is popular in North Sikkim & West Sikkim. Mountain Biking is an ultimate adventure and fun way to explore North Sikkim. From ride comprising of 3/4 days to reach Lachung covering a distance of 115 km and ascending from an altitude of 5500 ft (Gangtok) to 9600 ft (Lachung) this will be an ideal way to discover North Sikkim.

Day 01): Bagdogra - Gangtok

Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport met our representative and then transfer to Gangtok. Overnight stay.

Day 02): Gangtok - Phedang (600m/31 km approx)

The trail is metal led except between Rakdong and Dikchu. The trail is gentle till Rakdong and then it is downhill to Dikchu and then gentle till Phedang. On this trail stop at Tashi View point to view the panoramic scene of Mt Kanchenjanga and its range, then pass through some beautiful Sikkimese villages and cross the Teesta at Dikchu (an old trading town during the caravan days from Tibet), to Camp in a Lepcha village at Phedang in Dzongu. Lunch on the way. Overnight stay.

Day 03): Phedang - Singhik (1600m/33km approx)

After breakfast start the ride through Lepcha villages and don't be surprised when people turn out in numbers to look at you, as this will be the first time the bikers are passing through their villages. The trail is gentle till Sankalang and then there is a gradual climb till Mangan the District Headquarter of North Sikkim, and is also known as the "Large Cardamom Capital of the world." Trail till Sangkalang will be along the right bank of the mighty Teesta River. The camp will be at Singhik, from where in the morning you will get the grandest view of the Kanchenjanga range. Lunch on the way. The trail is almost metalled. Overnight stay.

Day 04): Singhik - Chungthang (1561m/26km)

Sikkim Cycling Tour
Sikkim Cycling Tour
The trail is all metalled except at few places where the monsoon has washed away the roads. It's a gentle ride with few climbs at places. The trail will pass through some beautiful water falls and gorges. Camp at Chungthang, the confluence of the two great rivers, the Lachen Chu and the Lachung Chu. It's a small town with few shops. Lunch on the way. Overnight stay.

Day 05): Chungthang - Lachung (2624m/21km).

Today the trail is almost uphill and it is metalled. After about 10 km you will be in the alpine zone and the view of the mountains and the cascading waterfalls is just mind blowing. Lunch on the way. Today, accommodation in Hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 06): Lachung - Yumthang (3600m/24km)

The trail is metalled with bits of climbing and turns, "its altitude." The trail passes through very beautiful rhododendron forests and meadows of primulas. The famous Singba Rhodendron Sanctuary falls on this route. The Camp will be on the beautiful meadows of Yumthang, with a spectacular view of the mountains all around you. Overnight stay.

Day 07): Yumthang - Chungthang (45km down hill).

Today we will bike up to Chungthang. Overnight stay.

Day 08): Chungthang - Lachen (27km/2728m)

Now the route follows along the Lachen Chu. The trail is metalled and is a gradual climb. This trail passes through thick forest of Magnolia and bamboo. There are some very deep gorges. Lachen, which means the big pass, is inhabited by semi-nomadic Bhutia tribe and the village is located between two ancient moraines with Lamo Angdang peak in the backdrop. The village consists of about 240 houses. It is worth a visit to the monastery and the old nunnery. Accommodation in Gurudongmar Lodge.

Day 09): Lachen - Thangu (3920m/32km)

The trail is metalled but at few places it is rough. The altitude gain is quite quick. In the beginning the trail passes through narrow valley and as you reach the higher altitude it begins to open up into wide valleys. The valley of Yakthang with river flowing through it is a picturesque sight. The primulas and other Alpine flowers of the Sikkim Himalayas cover the meadows. At Thangu accommodation in Tents. In the evening stroll around the village or go into a local bar for a sip of "Chaang."

Day 10): Thangu - Choptag Valley - Kalapather (4000m) to Lachen (74km)

After breakfast start for Chopta Valley/Kalapather. Chopta Valley is a huge U shaped valley with the Chopta Chu meandering in between. The Mountains around Thangu is a beautiful sight. Then ride about 3 km to Kalapather, the base of the Lunakla, a pass to the Muguthang valley, home of the "Drokpas." From her ride towards Lachen. Lunch on the way. Accommodation in Gurudongmar Lodge. Today the distance covered is quite long, but most of it is down hill.

Day 11): Lachen - Chungthang (27 Kms down hill)

Today we will bike up to Chungthang. Overnight in Camp.

Day 12): Chungthang - Rangrang (1000m 38km)

Sikkim Cycling
Sikkim Cycling
We follow the same trail as we had come up till Mangan. At rangrang you cross the high suspension bridge to the Camp site, beside paddy fields.

Day 13): Rangrang - Kabi (1500m/32km)

Today the trail passes through paddy fields and some beautiful Bhutia and subba villages. On the way visit the Phensong and Phodang Monasteries. Accommodation in Tents. Lunch on the way.

Day 14): Kabi - Gangtok (1547m/20km)

In the morning visit the historic site of Kabi - Lungtsok, where the two tribes, Bhutia and Lepchas signed their blood brotherhood treaty with Mt Kanchenjanga as the witness. Then move on to Gangtok. The trail is beautiful and metalled with few rough rides in between.

Day 15): Gangtok - Bagdogra

In the morning after breakfast drive to Bagdogra airport to catch onward flight. Trip and Services Ends Here

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